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As we continue our series on every NFL team’s over/under win totals, the Jets are next on the list. New York overcame a 1-7 start last season to finish 7-9, thanks in large part to QB Sam Darnold returning midway through the season after a bout with mononucleosis.
For 2020, odds makers have placed the Jets’ over/under win total at 6.5. So let’s take a look at how their offseason has gone, what schedule they will face, and whether the over or under is the right play.
New York’s primary offseason goal was to improve the offensive line in front of Darnold. They made sure to target that in free agency, signing three-year deals with Seahawks OT George Fant and Broncos C Connor McGovern. They also inked OG Greg Van Roten, formerly of the Panthers, to a multi-year deal. Among a couple of other moves, they also added RB Frank Gore and WR Breshad Perriman to one-year deals.
As far as departures go, New York’s biggest loss came at wide receiver, as Robby Anderson left and signed a two-year deal with the Panthers. OT Brandin Shell and OG Tom Compton also left town, as die defensive lineman Brandon Copeland. There are others who became free agents, such as RB Bilal Powell and C Ryan Kalil, who are unsigned but unlikely to return to the team.
Among nine players selected by the Jets in the draft, the biggest catch was OT Mekhi Becton from Louisville. Becton will presumably start at left tackle right away and protect Darnold’s blindside for years to come. Then in the second round, New York was able to address their other weakness by selecting Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Other notable selections for the Jets include Cal FS Ashtyn Davis, Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga, and Florida RB Lamical Perine.
As covered with the Patriots and Dolphins previously, the AFC East has the toughest draw in opponents this year, facing both the AFC West and NFC West. As a result, the Jets have the league’s second-toughest schedule, with their opponents owning a combined .533 win percentage.
Not only will the Jets have to face the Patriots and Bills twice each, but will also get matched up against the defending champion Chiefs, the NFC champion 49ers, and other solid teams like the Seahawks, Rams and Broncos. New York will travel to both Kansas City and Settle this season, as well as to Los Angeles to face both teams. Their other two opponents that are outside those divisions are the Colts on the road and the Browns at home, two teams that are expected to improve from last year.
Despite the tough schedule, the Jets seem poised to build off of last year’s late success in which they went 6-2 to finish out year. New York is desperately banking on Darnold improving and staying upright thanks to a new and improved offensive line, as well as a defense that helped them stay competitive last year and didn’t lose too many key pieces this offseason.
Finding a way to win road games in Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles will do wonders for New York’s outlook over the 2020 season. If they pull off a couple of upsets on the road, while also continuing their success at MetLife Stadium (5-3 home record in 2019), New York should be able to improve and even find themselves playing meaningful games down the stretch. I think seven or eight wins is where the Jets will end up, so I’m betting the OVER 6.5 wins for Gang Green in 2020. When betting the New York Jets in 2020 – head to our favorite pay per head bookie site www.A1PPH.com .
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